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It is with heavy hearts that the Disaster Research Center (DRC) shares the news of the passing of Professor Emeritus and DRC co-founder Enrico L. (Henry) Quarantelli on Sunday, April 2, 2017. He was 92, Professor Quarantelli devoted his entire life to our field, sparing little for pursuits outside those of scientific inquiry. Truly, we are in his debt for the careers he helped to launch, for his lineage of scholarly descendants, and for the intellectual legacy that has sustained us over these last five decades. Perhaps his main gift to us and to the world was the gift of clear thinking about disasters. He gave us methods and an art for seeing through the myths and misconceptions of these events, and for developing better understanding of causes and consequences, which has had real impact on the lives of people affected by disaster.